FAITH – HOPE – FORGIVENESS by Growing Older


The Anointing Of The Holy Spirit

This is a very BRIEF Outline on this subject

 

The word “anoint” is used a few different ways in the Bible. It was customary to anoint kings, prophets, and priests, on their entering on their office, as a part of the ceremony of inauguration.

Exodus 28:41 & 40:15

Prophets of old were anointed. Isaiah 61:1 & I Samuel 10:1

The word “anoint” is applied also to Christians as being consecrated or set apart to the service of God by the Holy Spirit; a use of the word which is derived from the sense of consecrating, or setting apart, to the service of God.

I John 2:20 & I John 2:27

The word “consecrate = “dedicate;” “to be clean both ceremonially and morally;” “prepare.”

Hebrews 10:20: “dedicate.”

Christians should be concreted or dedicated to the service of the Lord.

“Unction” as used in I John 2:20: anointing, or the enlightening and sanctifying influences of the Holy Spirit.  Here, John reminds them that their anointing; their power etc was from the  “Holy One.”  I John 2:18 – There were, back in John’s day, false or antichrists. These antichrists posed as the equals of or even superior to Christ himself.

Vs 19 – ‘.. they were not of us …” There were, in John’s day, as well as in our day, people who falsely profess Christ as Savior. They were not “true” Christians.

So, John teaches them that what they (true Christians) have, is from God and it is not the same as those who pretend to be Christians.

Vs 21 – what they have from God is Truth.

I John 2:27 – The anointing that they have, they received from God. It abides in them.

The word “abideth:” to stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy): abide, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand.

Here we see the promise of Hebrews 13:5 & John 14:16 – 17.

Oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit: Psalm 92:10. This is to be understood spiritually of the strength, comfort, and prosperity which God imparts to the righteous through his providence, word, and Spirit.

Those who put their trust in God shall continually receive from Him new strength for the performance of the new services which he requires of them.

Our power comes from: The Holy Spirit; from reading God’s Word, given to us by the Holy Spirit. It also comes from prayer as we speak to God:  strengthened by: Eph. 3:16

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